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Posted on Jun 29, 2015

A Graffiti Artist Posted His Year-Long Battle With A Clean-Up Crew And It's Hilarious

Well played, Mobstr. Well played.

Street artist Mobstr has spent the last year locked in a battle of wits with the local council in Hackney Wick.

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The prize? An unassuming substation wall:

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In a post on his website, Mobstr recounted the epic tale of the wall, and the diligent clean-up crew out to foil his schemes.

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Mobstr wrote: "I cycled past this wall on the way to work for years. I noticed that graffiti painted within the red area was 'buffed' with red paint."

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"However, graffiti outside the red area would be removed with a pressure washer. This prompted the start of an experiment."

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"Unlike other works, I was very uncertain as to what results it would yield."

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"Below is what transpired over the course of a year."

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Mobstr told BuzzFeed: "I started on 17 July 2014, and did my final contribution about a month or two ago."

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"In my mind by simply removing the graffiti they were playing along. The only way for them to avoid collaboration was by doing nothing at all."

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Until one day...

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As far as Mobstr is aware, his final message hasn't been painted over yet.

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He added: "I think I might have broken them."

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He also posted a timelapse video of the whole saga on Instagram, as well as a GIF that has been viewed 3million times on Imgur.

Visit Mobstr's website for more of his work, or follow him on Instagram.

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